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Reiman Gardens

  • 5 people are interested

Will you be somewhere in Iowa this summer? The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) is looking for several citizen scientists/monitors through the state of Iowa to monitor butterfly populations, as they are important indicators of environmental health.

You don't need to be a scientist to volunteer! Monitors will be trained in butterfly identification and IBSN protocols by entomology staff from Reiman Gardens. IBSN Monitors gather data on butterfly populations throughout the summer months on designated public and private properties and enter data in the on-line database. Survey routes are in field environments and require walking over uneven terrain. Monitors may encounter others during the course of their activities and should be prepared to answer questions about butterflies and the survey.

Monitors must attend one training session (either in person at Reiman Gardens on April 24, 2021 or online) before the season begins on June 1, 2021. Monitors walk their assigned routes at least six times, recording data on supplied sheets or using the app. Monitoring protocols must be followed and date must be recorded accurately and completely.

Monitors are located throughout the state of Iowa and log their hours online.

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About Reiman Gardens


1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, US

Mission Statement

Educate, enchant, and inspire an appreciation of plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.


Situated on a 17-acre site, the year-round attraction features distinct gardens both indoors and outdoors on a 17-acre campus, a Conservatory with seasonal displays, a 2,500-square-foot Butterfly Wing with emergence cases, a Gift Shop, and beauty for all to enjoy and share.

Education & Literacy


Tue Jun 01, 2021 - Sun Aug 08, 2021


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor Recreation


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • Monitors must survey their route at least six times during the survey season.
  • Ability to hike on designated route during spring and summer weather up to 2 hours at a time

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